AndFarAway

A Blog from Amman, Jordan, Online Since 2004.

Month: September 2012 (Page 1 of 4)

How to send a designer into an infinite thought loop

Fruit salad trees with six different fruits on different branches

Amazingly, this crazy “invention” doesn’t come from Japan or China, but Australia.

The Fruit Salad Tree can be grown in the ground as for normal fruit trees, or in pots for those people with very limited space. Instead of having numerous different trees with more fruit than your household can consume there is only one tree with all of the fruits ripening naturally over a period of months. There can be more than one variety of an individual fruit on a tree, thus extending the picking time.

Fruit Salad Tree Company [Via the always-awesome Boing Boing]

What do YOU want to be?

I want to be an astronaut.

Previous WhatsApp and Family Stories:
Thus Says the King of Chocolate 
Geotagging the Real World

What do you call the king of spam?

The Last Days of Summer

Hello,

Yesterday, I slept with my windows shut. I’ve been wearing a hoodie when sitting outside for around two weeks. I’m about to replace my summer sheets with thicker winter blankets. I will get my car’s heater fixed next week.

It’s the last days of summer, and while I am looking forward to the cold season, I am also reluctant to accept that another year has passed.

Now that I’m in my late 20’s, I’m starting to feel the tug of age. The years are shorter and the days pass quicker, and I’m always aware of the fact that this moment will never come again. Hard to believe that I was a month into my 19th year when I started this blog.

And now, the summer is ending.

I’ve always been a summer person, but I’ve lately begun appreciating the cosiness of winter. I like the empty streets. I like the smell of the rain. I like the fact that most people choose to stay at home (making life easier for those of us who never remain indoors, regardless of the season). I even like winter fruits.

Maybe these things reflect the fact that I’m growing older? Probably.

Yet regardless, fall is a pretty season. I’ll never forget my first fall in 2003 at the University of Jordan. Nine years on, I still catch myself in moments of minor shock at the fact that there really are four seasons in this world, and that it’s not just Hollywood’s way of making life look pretty (or scary, depending on their marketing purposes).

Love,
Roba

On Octover

Want Very Much: GPS Dorothy Shoes

These are possibly the coolest pair of shoes I’ve ever seen in my life. Created by Dominic Wilcox, these shoes make can help you navigate to anywhere you wish to travel to, in a Wizard of Oz kind-of-way. You know how Dorothy could click her shoes together to go home?

You upload your destination and the GPS, which is embedded in the heel, is activated by a heel click. It then communicates to the wearer via a ring of LED lights to point in the required direction. The shoe with the GPS wirelessly communicates with the right shoe that has a progress bar of lights to show how close you are to the destination. The prototypes are built using Arduino.

Ah.

My heart.

Revenge of the Design Nerds

How to Piss Off Your Designer Friends and Give Them a Migrane

from via

The World is so big

xkcd

This is a tiny part of the coolest XKCD comic in ages. You have to see it here: http://xkcd.com/1110/

Scepticism is the chastity of the intellect [September in Book Excerpts]

Scepticism is the chastity of the intellect, and it is shameful to surrender it too soon or to the first comer: there is nobility in preserving it coolly and proudly through long youth, until at last, in the ripeness of instinct and discretion, it can be safely exchanged for fidelity and happiness.

-GEORGE SANTAYANA Scepticism and Animal Faith, IX

This September on AndFarAway, you can enjoy excepts from great books, as selected by Carl Sagan in his book “Contact”. Perhaps they will help you decide to read one of these books, or simply just inspire you.

Pirate Nyan Cat

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